Jordan R. Fischbach

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Co-director, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in history, Columbia University

Media Resources

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Overview

Jordan Fischbach is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, co-director of the Water and Climate Resilience Center, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a leader in climate adaptation, water resources management, and coastal planning. He has expertise in risk analysis, exploratory simulation modeling, and Robust Decision Making, a method designed to better manage deep uncertainty and develop robust and adaptive plans through quantitative scenario analysis. He works with government agencies to better incorporate deep uncertainty into their long-term climate and coastal adaptation planning efforts. Fischbach is currently leading the storm surge and flood damage assessment for the State of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan, and is the principal investigator in charge of developing RAND's Coastal Louisiana Risk Assessment (CLARA) model. He is also co-leading a project to develop an integrated strategic plan for coastal investment in Jamaica Bay, Queens after Hurricane Sandy. This effort, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, is conducted as part of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay on behalf of a council of interested federal, state, and local public agencies. Fischbach was awarded a President's Choice award at RAND in 2012. He earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he was awarded the Herbert Goldhamer Memorial Award.

Recent Projects

  • Towards a Master Plan for Jamaica Bay
  • Using RDM to Manage Climate and Other Uncertainties in EPA's National Water Program
  • Applying the Coastal Louisiana Risk Assessment (CLARA) Model to Support Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty in the Colorado River Basin
  • Reducing New Orleans Storm-Surge Flood Risk in an Uncertain Future

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, RAND Corporation
  • Merit Bonus Award (Silver), RAND Corporation
  • Herbert Goldhamer Memorial Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Commentary

  • adapting-climate-change-coast-short

    In Brief: Jordan R. Fischbach on Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast

    Jordan Fischbach discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

    Feb 6, 2013

  • Navajo Bridge over Colorado River

    New Colorado River Basin Study Examines Tremendous Challenges of the Coming 50 Years

    Growing water needs combined with uncertain but possibly deteriorating future hydrologic conditions could stress the Colorado River system in the coming 50 years.

    Dec 18, 2012

  • Morris Canal Park in New York City with portions flooded by Sandy's storm surge, at high tide.

    What Louisiana Can Teach New York and New Jersey

    The massive damage and disruption caused by “Super Storm” Sandy has created a rare moment when New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas are singularly focused on the infrastructure they need in a changing environment – not just the infrastructure they already have thanks to the vision and investments of past generations.

    Nov 8, 2012 | CNN

  • Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Look to Louisiana for Lessons

    Just as public agencies across the country conducted terrorism risk assessments in the wake of 9/11, a comprehensive infrastructure assessment may be in order to understand natural hazard risks and the potential exacerbating effects of climate change, write Gary Cecchine, David Groves, and Jordan Fischbach.

    Nov 1, 2012 | RAND.org

  • USACE New Orleans District Mississippi River Tie-In

    Has the Gulf Coast Learned Katrina's Lessons in Time for Isaac?

    Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, it's clear that New Orleans and other cities along the Gulf Coast are applying what they learned then in preparation for Hurricane Isaac, write Gary Cecchine and Jordan R. Fischbach.

    Aug 29, 2012 | U.S. News & World Report

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